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February 6, 2016 (permalink)

Here's nothing less than the "Uggerythrums" from One of the Thirty: A Strange History, Now for the First Time Told by Hargrave Jennings, 1873.


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We've heard that "no means no," but no actually comes in evolving shapes, as we learn in Lessons in Expression and Physical Drill by Darien A. Straw, 1892.


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Just as "In the modern Chinese language, many words are comprised of more than one character" (Educational Technology, 2014).  Our many-charactered word appears in The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, 1890.


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"I am wracked by despair as I realize I have been feeling the rapture of kazoolessness my entire life, and yet it has not moved me." —Mark Buda, "Pantslessness" (via Alexikakos over at Frog Applause)

By the way, the official face of kazoolessness is that of an ostrich, as we learn from George Collins.

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"So what exactly does that mean?" asks Saiki Shigeru as the villain in Kanpai Senshi After V.
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We're honored to be quoted on the magic of words in Marilyn Jenett's Feel Free to Prosper (Penguin, 2015).  The featured quotation is from our Magic Words: A Dictionary (Weiser Books, 2008).

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"'God never meant, that man should scale the heavens / By strides of human wisdom.' —Cowper."  From A Practical Grammar by Stephen Watkins Clark, 1847.

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Today, we call it a "whodunit," but back when grammar was still a subject, such a mystery novel was a "who did it?"  ;-)

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Here are three columns of hieroglyphic news.  We don't know the source — the British Library scan claims it's from a book that it isn't.


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"A word came hissing out with the sparks," from Under which Lord? by Elizabeth Lynn and illustrated by Arthur Hopkins, 1879.


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Kamen Rider OOO Opening Theme Anything Goes!

Line-by-line Comparison of Six Translations

# Original Lyrics by Fujibayashi Shoko Prof. Oddfellow Translation Yoroshiku Translation TV-Nihon Music Video Remy Tyndle Cover Jay Lallemand Cover OZC-Live Fan Subs
1. You count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 You count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 You count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 You count the medals! One, two, and three! You count the medals: 1, 2 and 3! You got the medals 1, 2, and 3 You count the medals one, two, and three!
  Notes: We measure our development in once-in-a-lifetime milestones, counting our gains and calculating our losses.
2. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Life goes on, Anything goes, Coming up OOO Life goes on. Anything goes. Coming up OOOs Life goes on, Anything goes, Coming up OOO Life goes on! Anything goes! Coming up OOO Life goes on, anything goes, comin' up ooo Life goes on! Anything goes! Coming up OOOs! Life goes on! Anything goes! Coming up OOO!
  Notes: “Anything goes,” as in “Nothing is an absolute reality, all is permitted” (Vladimir Bartol, Alamut). The word OOO has at least eighteen distinct meanings:
  1. infinity with an additional circle or infinity times the letter O (as written in cake icing in episode one of the series; referred to in the theme song as “Skip the addition—multiply your way up”).
  2. the unstoppable progression of the idiom “anything goes” (referred to in the theme song as “Anything goes, goes on: ooo’s, ooo’s, ooo’s, ooo’s”).
  3. one thousand (the letter O’s symbolizing zeros, as the series sports the one-thousandth episode of the Kamen Rider franchise).
  4. three medallions (referring to an ancient coin-shaped technology for artificial life that acquired consciousness; the three coins are inserted into the hero’s belt to trigger a transformation).
  5. the name of a masked hero (sometimes also spelled Os, pronounced like the oes in goes).
  6. multiple kings (from the Japanese pronounciation Ozu).
  7. a joyous bouquet (an allusion to the idiom that “everything is coming up roses,” referred to in the theme song as “Coming up OOO”).
  8. the “three of pentacles” in the Tarot (symbolizing coordinating with others, finding all the needed elements, functioning as a unit, cooperating, meeting goals, knowing what to do and how to do it, and proving one’s ability, as per Learn Tarot).
  9. rarity (as in the old Celtic “Chant of Arcady” sung at harvest gatherings: “I’ll sing the three O’s. What means the three O’s? Three, three’s the rare O!” —A. S. Harvey, Ballads, Songs and Rhymes of East Anglia, 1936, page 107).
  10. a winning move (“A single line of three ‘O’s is worth more than anything because a move that produces this result is a winning move!” —Mike James, Artificial Intelligence in Basic, page 30).
  11. omnipotence, omniscience, and optimization (“The three O’s, omnipotence, omniscience, and optimization ... continue to appear in modern times in the way we conceive of ourselves through the social sciences. Mortal beings figuring out how to act in the world are routinely modeled as if they have unlimited computational power, possess complete information about their situation, and compute the optimal plan of action to take.” —Peter M. Todd & Gerd Gigerenzer, Ecological Rationality: Intelligence in the World, pp. 496-7).
  12. outflanked, outfoxed, overwhelmed (“The ‘Three O’s’: a defence must be either Outflanked, Outfoxed, or Overwhelmed.” —Current Research on Peace and Violence, 1987, page 129).
  13. continual practice (“Whenever anyone asks why our name is spelled with three O’s, we remind them that to be good at picking there is no other path than to practice Over and Over and Over again.” —Deviant Ollam, Practical Lock Picking, 2012, page xi).
  14. the possibility of different combinations (“The three O’s tempt the reader to explore the possibilities of different combinations.” —Guillaume Apollinaire & Anne Hyde Greet, Calligrammes, 1908, page 407).
  15. decimalization (“For every three O’s added to the given number, we shall have one place of decimals. And, in general, since the nth power of ten has no O’s we shall always have, in extracting the nth root, one place of decimals for every n O’s added to the given number.” —Silas Totten, A New Introduction to the Science of Algebra, 1836, page 225).
  16. a belt, as in the three stars of the constellation Orion. (“The three o’s [are part of a] densely woven mesh of triplets [that] constellates this moving poetic object.” —Michael Golston, Poetic Machinations, 2015).
  17. rising to a challenge (“As soon as the ball is served, the three O’s come out to challenge.” —Jacob Daniel, The Complete Guide to Coaching Soccer Systems and Tactics, 2004).
  18. seizing the day; embracing the world (“The three o’s are a circular microcosm of the day, or, of the world.” —Robert Greer Cohn, The Poetry of Rimbaud, page 60).
3. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  要らない 持たない 夢も見ない (iranai motanai yume mo minai) Don’t base your life on unworthy dreams Don’t bother with unwanted or short-lived dreams Don’t bother with dreams that are unnecessary or fleeting Never bother with unwanted and short-lived dreams You need to cast away all these wasteful dreams You don’t need ’em, have ’em, or even dream of ’em
  Notes: “The good life is at least partly based on dreams that are worthy of us, dreams that elevate and challenge and inspire our best” (Anonymous). “If you need to let go of a dream ... take the time to explore the driving force behind its dissolution and ask yourself if the dream was truly yours or if it was an expectation. Better things wait for us on the horizon when we finally let go” (Erica Rachel, “Letting Go When It’s Time to Dream a New Dream”).
4. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  フリーな状態... それもいいけど (FUREE na joutai... sore me ii kedo) Even as you cultivate an open mind A free state... That’s alright, I guess It’s fine to just be completely free Living life to the fullest is the best thing to do The only thing that matters is living free You’re a free man, and that's alright, but...
  Notes: Nurture a curious attitude, be reflective, and entertain possibilities. “Open-mindedness is the willingness to search actively for evidence against one’s favored beliefs, plans, or goals, and to weigh such evidence fairly when it is available” (University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center).
5. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  こっから始まる (kokkara hajimaru) The show we’re waiting for! Thus begins the unfolding adventure Starting now: the show we’re waiting for It starts now! The show we’re waiting for What you’ve anticipated! It’s already started! It’s already started, the show we’re waiting for. The show we’re waiting for is about to start!
  Notes: Paradoxically, a beginning is never a beginning, and this contradiction pays homage to the 1000 episodes of Kamen Rider that preceded OOO. “The beginning is never a beginning in any realm of being. There may be a beginning which means a new form for the thing in existence, but the old is there. Walking through the oak forests I pick up an acorn, and I look at it. A new beginning? Oh yes, but that beginning depends upon the things preceding it! It is a question that one can state almost in humourous terms: which is first, the oak tree or the acorn? That oak tree came out of the acorn. It did, but the acorn came from the oak tree. ... You are going out to a new pathway, to fresh conditions, to other circumstances, to the realization of new possibilities, to new activities, but you are carrying out with you all the past. A beginning is not a beginning” (G. Campbell Morgan, “The Commencement of Wisdom,” Record of Christian Work, Vol. 39, page 715).
6. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the Medals! One, two, and three! Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 You got the medals one two and three Count the medals one, two, and three!
  Notes: Commemorate your distinctions; they're cumulative.
7. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  運命は君 放っとかない (unmei wa kimi hottokanai) But destiny enters the equation Fate will not let go of you But you can’t ignore fate Matters not how rough life gets, you must move on Though you’ve been kicked around, probably all your life Destiny isn’t letting you off that easily
  Notes: “The question of free will is not simply a black-and-white or yes-no kind of question, but one that embraces the full complexity of what it means to be human” (Marcelo Gleiser, “The Choice is Yours: The Fate of Free Will”).
8. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  結局は 進むしかない (kekkyoku wa susumu shika nai) Above all, progress is inevitable In the end, you just have to go on In the end, all you can do is keep moving forward The mighty hand of fate will never let go of you Don’t stop the perseverance that you feel inside So the fact is, you’ll have to keep pushing on
  Notes: “To the Japanese sensibility, a straight line is inherently beautiful. It need not be rigidly straight, but its emphasis should be forward and positive, signifying organic growth, clarity, and honesty” (Motohisa Yamakage, The Essence of Shinto: Japan’s Spiritual Heart, p. 45).
9. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  未知なる展開 (michi naru tenkai) Give me energy Into the great unknown, with gusto An unknown development, give me energy Mysterious turn of events! Give me energy! Strange, ancient artifacts give me energy! We are the revolution, give me energy, Stuff I’d never seen before, give me energy
  Notes: “What is the state of mind that is capable of looking at something of which it knows absolutely nothing? ... Can it look at it without any sense of fear? The moment you have fear you have choice, there is will, there is resistance, and that is a wastage of energy. The ending of energy as the ‘me’ is the capacity to look at death. To face something of which I know absolutely nothing, demands great energy, doesn’t it? I can only do that when there is no will, no resistance, no choice, no wastage of energy. To face something unknown, there must be the highest form of energy, and when there is that total energy, is there a fear of death? Or is there a fear of continuity? It is only when I have lived a life of resistance, will and choice that there is fear of not being, or of not living. When the mind is faced with the unknown, and all these things have gone, there is tremendous energy. And when there is that supreme energy, which is intelligence, is there death? Find out” (J. Krishnamurti, The Awakening of Intelligence, page 316).
10. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals! One, two, and three! Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 count the medals 1, 2, and 3 Count the medals one, two, and three!
  Notes: “The process of counting is controlled by the individual, who chooses not only the order but also the pace at which the process is carried out” (T. Crump, Japanese Numbers Game, 2012, page 99).
11. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  大丈夫。明日はいつだって白紙 (daijoubu. ashita wa itsudatte BLANK) All is well. The future is unwritten It’s ok—tomorrow’s always blank It’s okay! Tomorrow’s always a blank slate It’s alright! The events of tomorrow will always be blank It’s okay, don't you know that your past will always be blank So don’t worry, there’s always going to be a fresh start tomorrow
  Notes: “The future is unwritten ... It is ever-evolving. Like the weather, it is subject to change at any given moment. However, some patterns can be predicted more easily than others. Though it is unwritten, it is not without intelligence and direction” (Adam Ross Rapoport, Memory of a Vagabond, page 406).
12. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  自分の価値は 自分で決めるものさ (jibun no kachi wa jibun de kimeru mono sa) You decide what is important Your value is something you decide yourself You’re the one who decides what your worth is You just have to break through all the hardships If you put your mind to it I know that you can be victorious You’re the only one who can decide your worth!
  Notes: “It is a matter of deciding what is important to us, and doing what is necessary. No one can tell you what is most important to you. Only you can know. It is entirely in your hands, always your choice. But you have an inner voice, you know. Something inside calls you to experience more, always more. The seed wants to grow into a strong tree with beautiful, fragrant flowers blooming out all over. It must. We are all called by that evolutionary current inside us. Whatever else may be going on in our lives, the current will be there. It is not just for us, it is for everyone, and we do everyone a great service by deciding to cultivate it, first by favoring the rise of the desire, and then with practices that naturally bring out the peace and bliss residing within us” (Yogani, Advanced Yoga Practices, page 15).
13. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! Come on! OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! Come on! OOO! ×4 Come on! OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! Come on! Save those hearts that sank. OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! Come on!   OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! Come on!
  Notes: Twelve zeroes make one million million. This number is a symbolic call to infinite expansion.
14. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Anything Goes! その心が熱くなるもの (sono kokoro ga atsuku naru mono) All is permitted, so tend the heart fire Anything goes! That heart is what gets heated Anything goes! Fire up that heart! Anything goes, so long as you believe in this power you possess Anything goes, just don’t give up the ghost. You are the star of the show Anything Goes, those kind of feelings are what light up your heart
  Notes: See Shiva Rea’s Tending the Heart Fire: Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life
15. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  満たされるものを探して (mitasareru mono wo sagashite) Follow your bliss Search for what gets overflowed Find something to fulfill you Accept a trial from anyone and suppress And the show must go on no matter what they say Seeking what you need to be fulfilled
  Notes: “By bliss I mean the deep sense of being in it, and doing what the push is out of your own existence—it may not be fun, but it’s your bliss and there’s bliss behind pain too. You follow that and doors will open where there were no doors before, where you would not have thought there were going to be doors, and where there wouldn’t be a door for anybody else” (Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey, page 217).
16. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Life goes on! 本気出して戦うのなら (honki dashite tatakau no naru) Step by step, give it your all Life goes on! If you get serious and fight Life goes on! Time to get serious! If you are going to fight Life goes on, just keep your sense of pride, and hang on tight for the ride Life goes on, the pain is yesterday. Today’s gonna be easy Life goes on, so if you fight with everything you have
  Notes: “There is always a ‘next’ — something is always going to happen, signifying that, in the honored phrase, ‘life goes on’ — so one’s logical response to the vicissitudes of life is to keep on living it” (The Comics Journal, Issues 265-268, page 190). “May you not forget that every step is as important as the first and the last steps” (Competition Science Vision, Jan. 2001, page 1439). “Every inch makes a step, and every step is a footprint marked by forward progress” (William St. George, The Saint’s Way, page 52).
17. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  負ける気しないはず! (makeru ki shinai hazu!) And never admit defeat You’ll never feel like you’ve lost! then don’t worry about losing Adventure is laid out for you You won’t lose, not today Then you’ll never feel you're going to lose
  Notes: “Never admit defeat or poverty, though you seem to be down and have not a cent. Stoutly assert your divine right to be a man, to hold your head up and look the world in the face” (The Electric Journal, Vol. 3, 1906, page xix).
18. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  外側にステイタス 求めないで (sotogawa ni SUTEITASU motomenai de) Or seek external validation Don’t seek a status based on your outer self Don’t seek exterior status Never venture down a path based on your outer self Quit trying to be an outsider - - -
  Notes: “When you continually strive for external validation, it is easy to lose sight of your inner strength and therefore deplete your self-confidence. Seeking external validation results in disempowerment. Seeking approval and corroboration for your decisions and behavior inevitably results in further chaos and confusion in life” (Bente Hansen, The New World of Self-Healing, page 153).
19. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  内に秘める 自信が大事 (uchi ni himeru jishin ga daiji) All that matters is your self-confidence It’s the confidence hidden inside that is important What’s important is the confidence within yourself Confidence from within is what we want to see Your reserving pride is needed the most - - -
  Notes: “Although it is important to have self-confidence (jishin), being self-conceited can be the cause of big mistakes. Behind true self-confidence there is a humble spirit” (Kurozumi Shinto: An American Dialogue, page 200).
20. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  欲望増殖 (yokubou zoushoku) Like no limit Boundless determination Desire multiplying like no limit Greed increases, like no limit Desire, set fire like no limit! Corrupting desires, like no limit. - - -
  Notes: “Limitless desire creates a more unified quality of life where ... people [are brought] closer together and ... the common good ... [is] held in the highest esteem” (Acharya Kedar, The Sutras on the 5-Fold Act of Divine Consciousness, page 125).
21. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals one, two, and three Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals 1, 2, and 3 - - -
  Notes: “Counting numbers in Japanese is more powerful than counting them in other languages” (Ettore Grillo, Travels of the Mind, page 151).
22. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  その背を比べ 並んだって (sono sei wo kurabe narandatte) Stature isn’t comparative Comparing that height; lining it up Even if you line up to compare heights Do not try to compare yourself to anyone else You have to be a somebody on your own - - -
  Notes: “The glory of the human race is the uniqueness of each individual, the fact that every person, though similar in many ways to others, possesses a completely individualed personality of his own. It is the fact of each person’s uniqueness—the fact that no two people can be wholly interchangeable—that makes each and every man irreplaceable and that makes us care whether he lives or dies, whether he is happy or oppressed” (Murray N. Rothbard, Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature, and Other Essays, page 247).
23. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  意味なくない? 一抜けしよう (imi nakunai? ichi nukeshi you) When you’re one of a kind, there are no rivals Won’t the meaning be gone? Count it out Isn’t that pointless? Let’s try to be first One thing you should cherish is your uniquity Who cares what others say? Remember you’re the host! - - -
  Notes: “Each of us is so unique there really is no use in comparing or trying to be someone else. We have much to learn from each other but expressing your uniqueness and embracing your individuality is where your bliss truly lies” (Urok 33 Day Challenge: Dream Your Life, Live Your Dream, page 17).
24. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  You can be free from average You can be free from average You can be free from average You can be free from the average You can be free from the average! You can be free from the average - - -
  Notes: Averages “do not necessarily represent any one object that they describe” (David L. Rados, Pushing the Numbers in Marketing, page 59). “The basic problem with averages: they can hide what you need to know” (Julie Packard, “The Pitfalls of Problem Solving with Averages”).
25. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals one, two and three Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals 1, 2 and 3 - - -
  Notes: “The reason we count is connected with the fact that we are counted in the first place, for we are counted out of universal being and are structured according to numbers” (Rudolf Steiner, Materialism and the Task of Anthroposophy, page 136).
26. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  大丈夫。みんなと違ってもいい (daijoubu. minna to chigatte mo ii) Rest assured — diveristy makes for a rich tapestry It’s ok—it’s alright to be different from everyone It’s okay. It’s alright if everyone is different Worry not, your selfhood will convey sight to the blind It’s okay to be different as long as you're not me! - - -
  Notes: “Diversity is crucial to life’s success. Diversity enables life to keep trying out new forms of molecular organization” (Martine Rothblatt, “How Can a Mindclone Be Immortal If It’s Not Even Alive?”).
27. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  別々 それぞれ だから そう、奇跡的! (betsubetsu sorezore dakara sou, kisekiteki) A wonder to behold Because everyone’s different, it’s a miracle! It’s because each of us is different that it’s miraculous All eyes will be upon you on the day you leave your fears far behind Don’t you know that being yourself is a miracle indeed! - - -
  Notes: “Diversity is a wonder of nature” (Dele Ajaja, Tear Down the Iron Curtains).
28. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! Come on! OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! Come on! OOO! ×4 Come on! OOO OOO OOO OOO Come on! OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! Come on! - - - - - -
  Notes: O’s “signify aspects of exploration” and “symbolize open ... passageways” (Mark Brunner, “Artist’s Statement”).
29. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Anything Goes! その心が 求めるものに (sono kokoro ga motomeru mono ni) All is permitted. Pursue your heart’s desire Anything goes! As that heart becomes Anything goes! When that heart seeks something Anything goes, so long as you believe that your heart is the only place Anything goes! Just don’t give up the ghost! - - -
  Notes: The importance of pursuing one’s heart’s desire: “Whatever it may be, however worthy or unworthy it may seem in itself, if our quest for it is difficult and challenging enough, and if we engage in it with an open heart and authenticity of spirit, then throughout the pursuit we can often have the chance to do a form of good in the lives of others, as well as in our own, that we never could have imagined” (Tom V. Morris, “Your Heart’s Desire”).
30. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  正直になればなるほど (shojiki ni nareba naru hodo) honestly and you can’t help but be virtuous More and more honest in seeking things Be honest about it Where everything that matters most resonates Be yourself in the utmost possible way while being honest you know. - - -
  Notes: “Honesty is from the heart” (William Woodard, Journal of the Heart, page 84).
31. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Life goes on! 加速ついて (kasoku tsuite) The world moves fast and so should you Life goes on! Speed it up, Life goes on! Speed up Life goes on, so there’s no time to play Life goes on! Radiate power! - - -
  Notes: “The world moves fast. Make the most of time, for it waits for no one” (Philip Kapleau, The Three Pillars of Zen, page 192).
32. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  止められなくて (tomerare nakute) It’s unstoppable and so are you unstoppably You can’t be stopped Pick up the pace and seize the day Show that you’ll devour anyone! This is your hour! - - -
  Notes: “After all, we are spinning through unrelenting space, / aloft in dire visions, forsaking gravity’s incessant demands / to behave as though we do not understand / this piercing - / this flight - / this quiet rapture” (Wanda Lea Brayton, A Beautiful Rumor: Selected Poems, page 171).
33. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  負ける気しないはず! (makeru ki shinai hazu!) And never admit defeat You’ll never feel like you’ve lost! Don’t worry about losing Adventure is laid out for you Prove that you don’t know the word “no” - - -
  Notes: “You must work, you must be patient, and you must never admit defeat” (The Illustrated American, Vol. 7, page 99).
34. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  True spirit of heart never give up True spirit of heart never give up True spirit of heart never give up True spirit of heart never give up True spirit of heart is never giving up Let go of all - - -
  Notes: “Kindness, acceptance, and generosity are the true spirit of the heart” (Julieanne O’Connor, “That Heart of Yours — Open it Up!”).
35. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Tell your mind and soul never to give up! Tell your mind and soul never to give up Tell your mind and soul never to give up! Tell your mind and soul never to give up! Tell your mind and soul never to give up! Things that are telling you to give up just - - -
  Notes: “When you decide never to give up, change will always be necessary. Deciding not to give up not only means committing yourself to your goals, but also committing yourself to being innovative as well. Be a person of change. Be a person who’s not afraid of possibilities” (Michael Fulmore, Unleashing Your Ambition, page 7).
36. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  1からのスタート そこから (ichi kara no SUTAATO soko kara) One is the root of everything Start from one, and from there It all starts from one In order to complete your mission, start strong from number one Start from the top and do not stop winning - - -
  Notes: “For Aristotle, the ‘one’ is the beginning of knowledge, the ‘that from which,’ cause, origin, of knowledge; it is the first measure as the mark by which a thing and its genus can be made intelligible, brought out of darkness. ... The meaning of ‘one’ then is not ‘some kind of number,’ but ‘some kind of starting point (or principle) of number’” (Andrew Haas, Hegel and the Problem of Multiplicity, page 34).
37. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  足し算を飛ばして かけ算で駆け上がっていって (tashizan wo tobashite. kake zan de kakeagatte itte) To add a O is to multiply Skip the addition—Multiply your way up Skip addition. Use multiplication to run up Don’t waste time with simple addition. Instead, double the stride to your destination - - - - - -
  Notes: “A great way to start the shift from small thinking to bigger thinking is to add a zero” (Cass Mullane, “Add a Zero”).
38. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Anything goes! Goes on... Anything goes! Goes on… Anything goes! Goes on… Anything goes! Goes on… Anything goes! Goes On! Anything goes! Goes OOO! - - -
  Notes: “‘Anything goes’ means ‘Use the theory or model that is best suited to your problem’” (Alain Kihm, Kriyol Syntax, page 10).
39. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! ×4 OOO OOO OOO OOO OOO! OOO! OOO! OOO! - - - - - -
  Notes: “Each of the four sets of zeros is an adjustable field” (McQuay International, OM 108-2, page 9).
40. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 Count the medals one, two, and three! Count the medals: 1, 2 and 3 - - - - - -
  Notes: “Counting to three is often a precursor to a surprise” (Joanne O’Sullivan, Book of Superstitious Stuff, page 16).
41. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Anything Goes! その心が 熱くなるもの (sono kokoro ga atsuku naru mono) All is permitted, so tend the heart fire Anything goes! That spirit is what gets heated Anything Goes! Fire up that heart Anything goes, so long as you believe in this power around your waist. - - - - - -
  Notes: “The heart’s fire, when kept at a level appropriate for maintaining body temperature and warmth in life, is gentle and tame. When fire gets wild and loses control, however, it becomes a destructive and violent force” (Yŏl-gyu Kim, Uncovering the Codes, page 67).
42. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  満たされるものを探して (mitaseraru mono wo sagashite) Follow your bliss Search for what gets overflowed Find something to satisfy you Never back down from any foe you might face - - - - - -
  Notes: “The decision to follow one’s bliss begins a hero’s journey” (J. William Smit, Where Do We Draw the Line?, page 15).
43. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Life goes on! 本気出して 戦うのなら (honki dashite tatakau no nara) Step by step, give it your all Life goes on! If you get serious and fight Life goes on! Time to get serious! Life goes on, just keep your sense of pride and hang on tight for the ride - - - - - -
  Notes: “Taking it step by step will invariably keep the shadows at bay” (The Journal of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, Vol. 13, page lviii).
44. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  負ける気はない (makeru ki wa nai) You’ll never be defeated You’ll never feel like you’ve lost! If you are going to fight, don’t think about losing The victor is for you to decide - - - - - -
  Notes: “Don’t think about defeat ... think first about the best way to fight back, the most honourable resistance” (Pramoedya Ananta Toer, This Earth of Mankind, page 310).
45. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  Anything Goes! 加速ついて (kasoku tsuite) All is permitted, at the speed of light Anything goes! Speed it up, unstoppably Anything Goes! Speed up, you can’t be stopped Anything goes, so there’s no time to play - - - - - -
  Notes: “If anything goes, everything is permitted” (Trevor Curnow, Introducing Philosophy for Everyday Life: A Practical Guide).
46. Original Oddfellow Yoroshiku TV-N Tyndle Lallemand OZC
  止められなくて 負ける気しないはず (tomarare nakute makeru ki shinai hazu) You’re unstoppable and invincible You’ll never feel like you’ve lost! Don’t worry about losing Pick up the pace and seize the day - - - - - -
  Notes: “The more momentum you have the more unstoppable you become. Be unstoppable. Make the choice today. Make it your legacy to be unstoppable” (Tom Anderson, Your Journey Of Being, page 407).
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December 22, 2015 (permalink)

"Scaling yonder peak, / I saw an eagle wheeling near its brow."  And note that the eagle is also "wheeing."  From A Practical Grammar by Stephen Watkins Clark, 1847.

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December 14, 2015 (permalink)

We all know the importance of being ___.  From an ad in The Oölogist, 1898.  [For Jonathan Caws-Elwitt, who notes: "Don't believe the hype!  (One might guess that this aggressively understated advertisement was British, but apparently both the Dietz lantern makers and the Oologist periodical were American.)"]

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December 11, 2015 (permalink)

We forgot to mention that we're pleased to have our research into the etymology of "abracadabra" cited in "Spells and Hate Speech: Linguistic Violence and Vulnerability in the Harry Potter Series" by Anna McFarlane.

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December 9, 2015 (permalink)

"You can't make a white plume from a crow's tail" (says an ad in The Oölogist, 1895).  However, black is actually white, and here's the proof:
black = dark
dark = obscure
obscure = hidden
hidden = concealed
concealed = snug
snug = comfortable
comfortable = easy
easy = simple
simple = pure
pure = white

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December 6, 2015 (permalink)

"Truth, crushed to earth, will rise again."  From A Practical Grammar by Stephen Watkins Clark, 1847.

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November 28, 2015 (permalink)


—Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
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"The Lord uplifts his awful hand / And chains you to the shore."  From A Practical Grammar by Stephen Watkins Clark, 1847.

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November 21, 2015 (permalink)

From A Practical Grammar by Stephen Watkins Clark, 1847.

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November 18, 2015 (permalink)

This is the preferred way to write the magic word excelsior.  From Hill's Album of Biography and Art, 1887.


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